Dead men's tailoring as art with Sheridan & Co
It’s a sobering thought to think about what will be left behind after we die. Fond memories of us perhaps? An unwashed mug in the sink? For those wealthy and sartorial enough there are also the bespoke tailoring patterns used to make suits, something artist Hormazd Narielwalla uses as the rather eerie inspiration for his work.
Narielwalla’s artworks are being shown as part of retail design consultancy Sheridan & Co’s exhibition series at its London window space this year. The inaugural show for 2012 will take place during London Fashion Week, and will showcase the work of Narielwalla alongside an analogue light projection by software artist Ed Burton. The exhibition graphics and display furniture has been created by Sheridan & Co.
Julien Sheridan, head of sales and communications at Sheridan & Co, says, ‘A lot of people who are amazing artists and craftspeople aren’t good at marketing themselves. Design is all about creativity so it’s all linked, and it’s good to meet people at the un-commercial end of what we do. It’s been a really exciting journey.’
Sheridan met Narielwalla and was instantly taken with his work, all drawn from his fascination with what happens to people’s suit patterns after they have moved on to the giant tailor in the sky.
London College of Fashion graduate Narielwalla’s show, darkly entitled Dead Man’s Patterns – Memento Mori, features work created from discarded patterns of deceased Savile Row customers, which he discovered by chance when working at a Savile Row tailor. The eerie skull shapes are formed from tailoring patterns that are then manipulated to create the form of the skull; drawing on the artist’s background as a former artist in residence at Savile Row tailor Dege & Skinner.
Dead Man’s Patterns – Memento Mori will run from 20 February - 3 March at Sheridan&Co’s Blandford Street studio on 10A Blandford Street, London, W1U